Halvah with Chocolate


Halva, a Middle Eastern confection made with tahini, only calls for a handful of ingredients but requires precision for best results—so don’t skip the candy thermometer, work seamlessly between steps and take care not to overmix the halva before transferring to the pan. Our version , speckled with black sesame seeds and topped with melty dark chocolate, gets the freshest flavor from homemade tahini.

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12 – 16 serving(s)

Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 1/3 c.


  • 1 1/2 c.

    Homemade Tahini, at room temperature and stirred

  • 1 1/2 tbsp.

    black sesame seeds

  • 1 tsp.

    pure vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp.

    kosher salt

  • 3 oz.

    dark chocolate, chopped

  • White sesame seeds, for sprinkling


NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving): About 274 calories, 16.5 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 141 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 21.5 g sugar (19 g added sugar), 5 g protein

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Joy (she/her) is the Assistant Food Editor on the food team, where she develops and tests recipes to ensure both deliciousness and accuracy before they appear in titles like Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, Woman’s Day, Prevention, and Country Living. After graduating from UChicago with a major in political science, she made the (best) decision to pursue her passion for food by enrolling in pastry school and working at her dream NYC restaurant, Gramercy Tavern. Before joining the GH team, Joy assisted on cookbook and editorial shoots, ran an Instagram micro bakery, and worked as a freelance writer and developer with bylines appearing in Eater, Food52, Simply Recipes, Food Network, and more. Joy has a special place in her heart for croissants and tiramisu, and is always on the hunt for the next cafe to explore in the city (a journey that never ends!).

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